Halloween costume prompts “suspicious person” report in Chesterville, school lockdown

One of the jack-o-lanterns at Pumpkinferno, Upper Canada Village.

Zombie mask and trench coat-wearing ‘youth playing around his home in his Halloween costume’: police

CHESTERVILLE — A youth at home in his Halloween costume prompted a “suspicious person” report and the lockdown of Chesterville Public School this afternoon.

The school went into lockdown after noon when someone reported an individual wearing a zombie mask and a trench coat somewhere in the village.

“The witness is believed to have seen a shiny object in the person’s coat,” said SD&G OPP Const. Tylor Copeland at the time.

“There is still no imminent threat, but he has not been found,” Copeland said of the situation.

Around 2:30 p.m., the officer reported: “We have confirmed that the individual was a youth playing around his home in his Halloween costume, there is no threat to the public.”

Today was a PA day (a day off) for Catholic school students.

Two parents with children at Chesterville Public School informed Nation Valley News of the lockdown shortly after it happened, having been told the measure was put in place because of “police presence” in the area.

Nation Valley News spotted a police cruiser driving down College Street, past the school, shortly after hearing about the lockdown.

The Chesterville scare ironically coincided with reports of a suspicious person dressed as a clown driving a car around the schools in Iroquois, at the south end of the county, earlier in the day. Iroquois Public School and Seaway District High School both imposed hold and secure measures for about an hour in the  morning.

The clown was apprehended and discovered to be a high school student, who was given a “stern warning,” Copeland said.

This article was edited to include new information from Const. Tylor Copeland.

This article was corrected to reflect that St. Mary Catholic School in Chesterville did not go into lockdown — because today was a PA day at Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario facilities.



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